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Making a difference in The Diabetes Belt

  • Jeanne Armstrong, M.D.
  • 03/08/2016

The Mississippi Delta, a region in the American South along the Mississippi River, faces higher rates of diabetes than the rest of the United States. In fact, the Center for Disease Control has identified the area as part of “The Diabetes Belt,” where 11.7% of people have been diagnosed with diabetes, compared to outside the belt with only 8.5% of the population. The Delta Health Alliance (Stoneville, Mississippi, U.S.A.) shared how it is using Allscripts solutions to manage diabetes care for better clinical and financial outcomes in a recent case study and video: A lack of physicians in the Mississippi River Delta region can limit patients’ access to health care. Providers need solutions that can help identify and improve communication with at-risk patients. To help meet demand for proven technology, the Delta Health Alliance is a collaboration of 60 Federally […]

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Diabetic patients are hiding in plain sight

Diabetes is a complex and costly chronic disease. Studies estimate that diabetes affects 8% of the U.S. population, but confirming this in patients who are undiagnosed, and identifying those at highest risk, remains challenging. At Allscripts Analytics, we’re transforming insights from traditional electronic health record (EHR) data into innovative methods for early identification of chronic disease and population health management. Variation in quality of diagnosis documentation within EHRs has necessitated development of new algorithms to more accurately define and manage our populations. After extensive data aggregation and normalization of clinical, claims, laboratory and pharmacotherapy data, our algorithms are validated on more than 40 million records to identify undiagnosed diabetic patients. Advancements in visualization tools enable us to deliver insights from this data to our clients in a simple, interactive format in real-time. It helps clinicians better identify undiagnosed and at-risk […]

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Taking the detective work out of pediatric care

  • Jennifer MacGregor
  • 03/12/2015

Alberta Children’s Hospital (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) uses Allscripts SunriseTM  to improve care and free its clinicians from tedious “detective work” and calculations. In a recent case study, physicians describe how they’ve applied intelligent order sets to pediatric diabetes management and infant Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN). Solving the mystery of insulin management According to pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Jonathan Dawrant, managing insulin has three main challenges: 1) Even though diabetes is a growing health concern, not every clinician has enough exposure and expertise to manage insulin. 2) Insulin has no clear dose range; it’s different for every patient. This ambiguity is especially challenging for growing children. 3) To determine the appropriate dose of insulin requires input from various sources. Dawrant observed, “Doing rounds was like doing detective work…you have to gather different pieces of paper, which are located in different places, then […]